50 Major Trends In The Past That New Generations Probably Wouldn’t Understand
As a fellow millennial growing up, don’t tell me you didn’t have one of those plastic stretchy chokers, or that fascinatingly odd toy called a yo-yo. At some point in our childhood, these were among the must-haves but have since vanished without a trace.
Many trends, tendencies and crazes (fancy participating in a flashmob, anyone?!) that were getting all the buzz at one point seem to have had an expiry date.
“What was a huge trend everyone forgot about?” someone asked on Reddit, and the thread soon turned into a walk down memory lane merged with a healthy dose of cringe.
If you are old enough, you can't beat mood rings.
One of my aunts still does this. We don't talk.
“There is not really a golden rule to recognize whether something is a trend or a fad,” Lina Survila, the founder of Abstract Stylist magazine and creator of metaverse news newsletter The Wearables Daily, told Bored Panda.
It really depends on the context and every trend. But when talking about fashion, the industry which is largely ruled by tendencies that change every season, many unexpected things happen, Lina argues.
“I think about trends and fads in fashion the same way I think about art - the truth will shine after a long time when we will be able to realize if this thing is really something that will stay within our generation.”
Those plastic stretchy chokers that also doubled as bracelets.
Today, many trends are inevitably influenced by the advancement of technology. From AI to Metaverse and Web3, the way we experience the world around us is rapidly changing. And so are art and fashion. Virtual try-ons, video games, metaverse fashion shows, and NFTs paved the way for a new concept of digital fashion, and experts say there’s no telling what will come next.
For many fleeting trends, the biggest challenge is to remain relevant. The only way to do so is to hold or raise its value for years to come. But how could we know that? Lina says she takes into account a few things before making her decision about a purchase.
“First, it's the people who made it, because people always bring the biggest value. Just think about it, H&M is not a collectible brand, but once they collaborate with a famous designer, it's another story, and those items sell at a higher price than the original sale.”
People would get real sh**ty when you told them you didn't play and couldn't trade strawberries or some s**t.
Yo-yo's had a big resurgence when I was a kid in the 90s. They were all the rage for like half of one school year, and then they just kind of vanished. It was fun playing with them with my dad for a while, and i did learn a few tricks.
I feel like we, as a society, have collectively decided to just pretend like JNCO pants never existed.
Another important aspect is timing. “Is this thing a copy or something I have never seen in the space? For example, even though IKEA is full of functional minimalistic style designs, Dieter Rams' designs will always sell at a higher price. They will be valuable in time because he was a pioneer in space,” Lina explained.
And the third aspect to think about when making an investment is the item’s technology availability. “Is this built on something that will change fashion or any industry forever?”
Lina gave an example of Prada's iconic nylon bags. “Those were one of the first nylon bags on the market at a time when nylon was huge news in fashion. Nobody used nylon before in that way. I understand cryptocurrencies the same.” The creator of the metaverse newsletter draws a parallel between Ethereum technology and nylon material, saying “it’s new and exciting, and available for others to build off.”
My mom lived in the 80’s as a young adult and according to her it’s 100% aerobics. Worldwide. So huge in fact that you can’t pretty much escape it as it was EVERYWHERE. TVs, electrical appliances and outfits, movies, songs, competitions, HECK a lot of corporate workplace including my mom’s even had a dedicated aerobics routine.
And you’d think gym culture today is already wack enough…..
Super thin eyebrows and jeans that defy the concept of a pubic line
Toe socks. Very uncomfortable but very fashionable in the 90’s
Wearing 2 different coloured pairs of socks at once, & rolling them down, so that the underneath sock colour showed.
I’m the proud owner of several pairs of leg warmers and I wouldn’t give them up even after death. Those mfs are getting buried with me
Smelly Stickers, my fav was Buttered Popcorn..
Pokémon go. I know some people still play. But it was huge when it first came out.
Closest we ever got to world peace.
Wearing overalls with one strap unbuttoned like Fresh Prince
This is a shame. I always thought they were fun!
Good they’re so cringe.
Pet rocks. Dude made bank
Anyone else remember Koosh balls?
I feel like the trend of neon clothing and accessories was a huge one that everyone seems to have forgotten about.
Remember when everyone was rocking those neon green snapback hats and neon pink crop tops?
I still have some neon pieces in my closet, I might have to bring them back.
Swatch watches, even wearing two at a time.
This might be a bit of a regional thing: Puka shell necklaces.
Lower back tattoos.
Furbies, tickle me elmo.
Cabbage Patch Dolls
Kriss Kross and backwards pants, circa 1990.
They performed on In Living Color and the next day half the boys in my fifth grade class came to school with their clothes on backwards.
The hair poof in the front girls used to rock.
Garbage pail kids.
The “challenges” like cinammon challenge, the ice bucket challenge, condom challenge, etc.
Ugh that was the best 3 weeks before my school banned them. We would have our friends pull us into jousting fights between classes… okay i guess i understand why they were banned but they were still fun as sh**t
Fidget spinners and the dab.
30 year old substitute teacher here. I dab sometimes when the kids say something dab worthy, which is either met with cringes or laughter. Either one gives me strength.
The run on Beenie Babies.
They were buying them literally as an investment worth thousands of dollars... I literally saw them the other day being sold at Speedway
That odd period when everything was themed around a mustache.
Girls who got the mustache tattoo on your pointer finger...how's life going?
Not sure if this was a international trend though. Early-mid 1990s, small colourful plastic pacifiers that we would trade and exchange.
I wouldnt mind a comeback, they were rather cute.
Hacky sack tricks.
The little finger skateboards and trick bicycles toys.
I loved the Harlem Shake, it was wholesome. Also i feel like my life was happier during that era when it came out.
Spinning rims on cars. Those were BAD.
Vine, old short-video social media.
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